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Automatic 3D segmentation of the liver from abdominal CT images: a level-set approach
Author(s): Shiyan Pan; Benoit M. Dawant
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Paper Abstract

Computer-aided surgery requires the accurate registration of tomographic pre-operative images with intra-operative surface points acquired with 3D spatial localizers. Surface-based registration of these tomographic images with the surface points does, in turn, require a precise and accurate surface representation of the structures to be registered. This paper presents a level set technique for the automatic segmentation of the liver in abdominal CT scans. The main difficulty with level set methods is the design of appropriate speed functions for particular applications. Here we propose a novel speed function that is designed to (1) stop the propagating front at organ boundaries with weak edges, and (2) incorporate a-priori information on the relative position of the liver and other structures. We show that the new speed function we have designed to stop the front a weak edges is superior to other approaches proposed in the literature both on simulated images and on CT images. Results obtained with our approach for the segmentation of the liver in several CT scans are compared to contours obtained manually.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 July 2001
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 4322, Medical Imaging 2001: Image Processing, (3 July 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.431019
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Shiyan Pan, Vanderbilt Univ. (United States)
Benoit M. Dawant, Vanderbilt Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4322:
Medical Imaging 2001: Image Processing
Milan Sonka; Kenneth M. Hanson, Editor(s)

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